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Episode 2: Consolidation and Tech in the Vacation Rentals Industry

Skift Research Take

While the vacation rental industry is becoming more popular among consumers, particularly in urban areas, behind the scenes three waves of consolidation are hitting the sector.

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In this Skift Research Analyst Session we discuss the global vacation rentals landscape and look at how the industry is quickly evolving when it comes to vacation rental managers and the digital tools and platforms they use to fill their properties. We talk about what's happening with Airbnb in the context of the professionally managed segment of the business. We outline the landscape in terms of competition and the companies that are setting themselves up for success in this increasingly competitive market. We also highlight topline data from our 2017 U.S. High-Income Traveler Survey including attitudinal data on what high-income travelers think about Airbnb and rentals as an alternative to traditional hotels.

Topics Covered

  • The State of the Vacation Rental Industry
  • Airbnb's positioning in Vacation Rentals
  • Vacation Rental Inventory
  • Supply of Inventory
  • Distribution Marketplaces
  • Management Tech
  • Vacation Rental Funding
  • Profiling the Vacation Rental User


  • Luke Bujarski - Director, Skift Research
  • Jared Wein - Senior Analyst, Skift Research
  • Dave Montali - Research Analyst, Skift Research
  • Deanna Ting, Hospitality Editor, Skift
  • Sean O'Neill, Travel Tech Editor, Skift

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